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Casino de Montreal is the biggest casino in Canada and one of the largest in the world. - Photo by 0x010C under CC BY-SA 4.0

A GUIDE TO CASINOS IN CANADA

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Canada benefits from liberal gaming policies, with each province able to decide their own rules around regulated casino gaming. So far, nine of the 13 provinces allow for licensed gaming, giving way to Canada having dozens of casinos, from large entertainment complexes designed to thrill tourists to smaller establishments aimed at pleasing locals.

Online casino games are also widely available on legitimate, regulated sites, including games such as poker, blackjack and European roulette, which offers better odds than its American cousin. Players can choose between the online environment and the live casinos around the country. Live casinos do, of course, offer the bonus of having restaurants for dining, which we will mention here.

Here are the biggest and best casinos in Canada.

Casino de Montréal, Québec

Situated on the Île NotreDame in the French Pavilion building on its own road, the Casino de Montréal is quite impressive. In fact, it is the biggest casino in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

Within its doors, you will find an incredible sea of 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables. If poker is your game of choice, then the Casino de Montréal has plenty of it, with 18 dedicated poker tables with regular poker tournaments and bonuses for the best hand of the night. This place is the definition of grand and an attractive destination for travelers to visit.

There are also four restaurants on-site, and this casino has a special treat for food lovers. Famous chef Joel Robinson (now deceased) has a restaurant here called L’Atelier, so prepare to have the real five-star experience of sensual dining in his honor.

Other dining options include the Pavillon 67 gourmet buffet, Ajia Asian eatery and Le Montréal grill. Not only is the Casino de Montréal the largest casino in Canada, but it is also number one when it comes to food.

River Rock Casino Resort, British Columbia

Situated in Richmond, not too far from the Vancouver International Airport, the River Rock Casino Resort is the largest casino in Western Canada. Visitors enjoy splendid views over the Fraser River as well as 70,000 square feet of gaming, entertainment and dining.

While visiting Richmond, you might also want to explore Vancouver. Travel Realizations has an interesting Vancouver itinerary.

The River Rock Casino Resort has 900 slot machines, a 14-table poker room that’s open 24 hours a day and many other table games like roulette, craps and baccarat. There’s also a sports betting room, 202-room hotel and spa as well as four VIP clubs for any high rollers out there. No matter what your stakes or game of choice, you will be well catered for at the River Rock Casino Resort.

When it comes to dining options, nothing can quite match the Casino de Montréal, but the River Rock Casino Resort does bring plenty of West Coast flavors to the table, with a particular emphasis on the seafood for which Richmond is famous. You can dine at the Sea Harbour, the upmarket Tramonto restaurant, or take a more casual approach at the Curve Lounge. There’s also the buffet, which serves seafood, roasts, desserts and more all throughout the day, though the food has a reputation for being hit and miss.

Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, Ontario

Caesars tends to offer a luxurious yet accessible experience, and the Windsor in Ontario is no different. You can expect hundreds of slots, table games and 14 poker tables within the casino. You can even order drinks right from your machine!

The hotel offers 758 rooms, a spa and fitness center, the Colosseum showroom and other entertainment options as well as six cafes and restaurants. The location is ideal for U.S. travelers, as the Caesars Windsor Casino is right across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, making for a great gaming vacation from America.

Neros Steakhouse is the signature restaurant here, and as the name suggests, it’s steak on the menu, along with other prime cuts and seafood dishes. The restaurant has developed a nice reputation for itself, though it remains casual when it comes to the dress code and vibe.

The Market Buffet offers fresh yet affordable all-you-can-eat options, with more than 50 dishes on offer, from pizza to stir fry. You can also opt for casual dining at places like the Pronto Café or Johnny Rockets. We imagine it all depends on how the gaming tables treat you.

Fallsview Casino, Ontario

Another casino in Ontario makes the list, and this one, again, sits on the border close to the U.S. Niagara Falls is a popular tourist attraction on both sides of the water. Over on Canada’s side sits the appropriately named Fallsview, sitting as it does in a beautiful location overlooking the natural wonder, the Niagara Falls, which is even better if you can catch the Winter Festival of Lights.

Within the sizeable casino, you will find 1,500 slot games, 40 gaming tables, and a 12-table poker room that is so popular it often requires reservations to play. The hotel has bars, a sports section as well as live music and comedy at the weekends.

The dining options are more casual here, with a sports bar, cafe and market buffet seeming to be the best choice. A couple of upmarket restaurants wouldn’t go amiss, though you will no doubt be able to find plenty of places to sit down for a meal in the surrounding area.

Canada has some excellent options when it comes to casinos. Many of the largest casinos also offer incredible dining options. The Casino de Montréal comes highly recommended, especially if you plan to go to L’Atelier for the dining experience of your life. It all depends on what you want. Casual gamers may prefer to grab a quick snack and get back to the tables while others may want something more atmospheric. In any case, food and gaming always go hand in hand.

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